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6/10/2019 11:23:00 PM
Now Comes Cleanup

Wayne Howard
Staff Writer

There will still be some flooding along the South Fork and Catawba rivers, but with the heavy downpours gone after a stormy weekend, the waters will begin to recede.  Some roads that were closed will be reopened, but others suffered damage that will have to be repaired--and that could take weeks or months.

The good news is that it's finally over.  There may be some more rain Wednesday, but nothing like what we have Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Now comes the cleanup as things begin to get back to normal.

Catawba County Schools were closed Monday.  Some schools had flooding; others were made difficult to access because of flooded roads.  They opened at the regular time Tuesday for the last day of school for the 2018-2019 school year. 

The Catawba County Parks System will reopen Bakers Mountain Park and St. Stephens Park following their usual operating schedules Tuesday. Riverbend Park will remain closed until further notice.

Betty Ross Park in Lincolnton is now back on its regular schedule including all activities at the William Lentz Recreation Center and the pool.

Due to improved conditions, Catawba County Emergency Management closed the shelter at Catawba Valley Community College’s Tarlton Complex at 8 AM Tuesday.  Since opening the morning of June 9th (Sunday), the shelter provided services to 39 residents temporarily displaced by localized flooding.

Road closures as of Monday evening according to the NC Department of Transportation included:


  • South Fork Road near Laboratory Mill
  • Hoover Road


  • Mitchell Drive near Brookford
  • Sain Road southeast of Hickory
  • Whitener Road near Hickory
  • 12th Avenue SE near Hickory
  • 25th Avenue Drive NW near Hickory
  • Kool Park Road at St. Stephens
  • Snow Creek Road NE north of Hickory
  • Reepsville Road south of Hickory
  • Grace Church Road near Mountain View
  • White Road southwest of Mountain View


  • Tot Dellinger Road near Cherryville
  • Colt Thornburg Road near Cherryville
  • Springs Road near Dallas
  • Old Willis School Road just off the Dallas-Stanley Highway
  • Old Hardin Road at High Shoals
  • Bob Friday Road near Dallas
  • Cramer Mountain Road in Cramerton
NOTE: the list of road closures was prepared Monday evening by the DOT and some of those roads listed as closed are now open including South Fork Road in Lincolnton.  Old Hardin Road at High Shoals still had road closed signs in place, but the water had receded, so those will be removed Tuesday.  The bridge over Hoyle Creek on Old Willis School Road was no longer threatened, so the road closed signs there will also be removed.  The same is likely true of other roads on the list.  

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